State Cannabis Laws in Iowa


Given the massive variation among different states where legislative solutions related to the cannabis plant are concerned, it’s important to familiarize yourself with your local legal context if you’re interested in making use of this wonderful plant. That said, it’s also important to remember that CBD products derived from industrial hemp are 100% legal in all 50 states in the United States of America.

That said, for any other functional interrelation with the cannabis plant for daily consumption, the laws from state to state very wildly. In today’s piece, were going to take a look at that legislative context defining the situation in the great state of Iowa.

The story takes its most important turn in May 2017, when HF 524 was signed into law by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.

The big point of this law was to remove the penalties associated with possession of cannabinoids that represented less than 3% THC as measured by weight. However, this is the only allowance for anything related to the cannabis plant in the state of Iowa.

The move was made to accommodate the following medical situations: ALS, cancer (if the condition or its treatment causes pain, nausea, or cachexia/wasting syndrome), chronic pain, Crohn’s disease, HIV/AIDS, multiple Sclerosis with spasticity, Parkinson’s disease, seizures including epilepsy, and terminal illness (if it causes chronic pain, nausea, or cachexia/wasting syndrome).

At this point, the only reconsideration that’s on the horizon for the Iowa cannabis industry is a likely addition of a clause that prevents individuals who have priors of a drug-related nature from getting involved in the industry that supports and supplies the availability of these cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol.

However, the tide of public opinion in Iowa has begun to turn favorable toward removal of any and all restrictions on the cultivation of industrial hemp, and we see no reason to doubt that eventually this public movement will break through.